Studying antique photos is an excellent way to learn about Victorian and Edwardian clothing. * Take note of the design of the dresses and gowns, the details of their jewelry and accessories, the style of their hair and sometimes best of all...their fabulous hats!
Albert & Queen Victoria - 1861
Fashions from 1810 to 1870
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Early Victorian ~ 1837 through 1839 1840's ~ 1840-1849
1850's ~ 1850-1859
Civil War ~ 1860-1865 Early Bustle ~ 1866-1875
Natural Form Bustle ~ 1876-1883
Late Bustle ~ 1884-1889 Gay 90's ~ 1890-1900 Edwardian~ 1901-1919
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On the following pages you will see some of my favorite digital photos displaying unusual and exquisite authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing, hats and accessories. * The digital photos that I have chosen for my website have been cropped from the original photo to better display the fashion of the time period and not the entire photograph.
~ An interesting note regarding old photographs~ I was told by a very reliable source that when a person is photographed with a book in their hand or on their lap it is meant to indicate literacy.
Choose an era or subject below to view.
What color were their clothes?
Below is a tin type of an actual fabric swatch board.
Compare how the real color of the swatch appears in the tin type of the fabric board.